Wood bead chandeliers add so much rustic style to any space but can be extremely expensive.  See how I transformed a plain, budget-friendly IKEA chandelier into a farmhouse style wood bead chandelier for our farmhouse girls nursery.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

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Hello, friends!

It feels like it’s been forever since we shared our farmhouse girls nursery reveal.  Well, maybe that’s because it has been forever and STILL no little girl has arrived.  I’m tired, uncomfortable, and generally annoyed.  But, at least I have this sweet room to look at 😉

If you remember back when I shared my design plan for the nursery, I was crushing on this wood bead chandelier that was wayyyy out of budget.

But, I was determined to have a wood bead chandelier in our nursery.  It was just the absolute perfect addition to the space.

I’m so excited to show you exactly how I made this wood bead chandelier using a cheap chandelier from IKEA.  It was SO much easier than I originally thought it would be.  Honestly, the hardest part was coming up with a pattern for the beads and I’ve done that for you!

With a pattern already determined, you could really complete the entire chandelier in an afternoon 🙂

Supplies:

First, you remove all of the crystals from the IKEA chandelier until you’re left with the metal base.  Next, tape off the openings for the lightbulbs!

Grab your chalky finish spray paint and go to town!  We used an entire can of spray paint to cover the chandelier.  Luckily, it covered really well!

Once the base is spray painted white, it’s on to the fun part – the beads!

I’m going to list the pattern by bead size for each row or section of the chandelier.  I created this diagram below to color code each of the sections (enough sections for a full rainbow!).

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

For each section, I would pull out and cut a long piece of the steel wire.  I honestly never measured the wire, just put it up against the section where it was going to be placed to get a rough estimate of how much I needed.  Always better to overestimate!

At one of the ends of the steel wire, I rolled it into a loop so I could place the beads on the wire without them falling off.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Now, here is the pattern for each section!

RED

6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-10-10-16-10-10-16-10-10-16-10-10-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6

ORANGE

6-6-6-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-10-10-10-16-6-16-6-16-10-10-10-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-6-6-6

YELLOW

This pattern is repeated twice.  After doing this pattern once, you stick the wire through the bolded 16mm bead from the orange section, and repeat the pattern on the other side.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

6-6-6-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-16-6-6-16-6-6-16-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-6-6-6

GREEN

6-6-6-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-16-6-16-6-16-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-6-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-16-10-16-10-16-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-6-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-16-10-16-10-16-6-6-10-10-10-6-6-6-6-6

BLUE

6-6-6-6-6-10-10-6-6-16-16-6-16-16-6-16-16-6-6-10-10-6-6-6-6-6

PURPLE

6-6-6-6-6-10-10-6-6-16-16-6-16-16-6-16-16-6-6-10-10-6-6-6-6-6

Once you have a row of beads strung onto the steel wire, it’s time to attach it to the metal IKEA chandelier base.  There are holes where they had connected the little crystal pieces that I used to attach the steel wire.

First, stick the steel wire up through the bottom of the hole.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Then, pull it through tightly and wrap around itself several times.

 

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Then, stick the end back up through the hole.  This part was a little difficult so I used pliers to grip the end and pull completely through.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Last, I trimmed the end of the steel wire and pushed the cut edge down so it wasn’t visible.

Repeat those steps for each of the sections of beads.

(Remember the yellow section is a bit different – see the yellow section details)

And, that’s it!!  Not too bad, right?!

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

I absolutely LOVE how it looks in her room.  It’s the perfect touch of farmhouse style!

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Like it?!  Pin it for later <3

Easy DIY to make a wood bead chandelier! The perfect DIY craft to add farmhouse style to your home.

Remember to check out our full farmhouse nursery room makeover!

Wishing you a joyful day!

 

15 Comments

  1. Chelsea @ Making Manzanita

    Ahhh, the long awaited wood bead chandelier! It turned out amazing and it goes perfectly in her farmhouse nursery. Now you just need a baby girl 🙂

    Reply
  2. Lauren

    I am IN LOVE with this and beaded chandelier’s I have been dreaming about one since I’ve seen yours.
    I am in the middle of a room re-do so I’m thinking down the road I may need to do exactly this!
    *all the heart eyes* Great job!

    Reply
  3. Lora

    I’ve been looking forward to this tutorial — Pinning! And don’t be surprised if you see one in my home in the future haha!! 🙂

    Reply
  4. Lynn Spencer

    What a great idea. I love the whole wooden bead thing…thanks for the tutorial!

    Reply
  5. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    What a beautiful chandelier! So perfect for your sweet nursery!

    Reply
  6. Trisha

    Love your determination to make something exactly the way you wanted.Very sweet chandelier!

    Reply
  7. Alexandra

    This is awesome! I have seen lots of the beaded chandeliers on Pinterest, and was contemplating making one myself. Love that you did this for the nursery! Pinning for later.
    Found you at the Pin Junkie Pin Party. I just started a new link up on my EyeLoveKnots blog, and would love if you came to link up with us! This month there is a giveaway for some sock yarn as requested in last month’s link up, but drop me a line and let me know what you’d like to see on future link ups 🙂

    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots
    Super Crafty Sunday Link Up #2: http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2018/02/super-crafty-sunday-link-up-2-crochet-n.html

    Reply

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